“A beautiful 2-day loop past Snowmass and Willow Lakes.
— Evan Tabor
Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
This route combines the Maroon Snowmass Trail
part of the Buckskin Pass Trail
and East Snowmass to Willow Pass Trail to form a 22 mile loop that takes you past two alpine lakes and through lots of meadows and forest.
Starting on the Maroon Snowmass Trail
south up the valley along the creek until it meets with the Buckskin Pass Trail
near Snowmass Lake
and hang a left - it starts out gently sloping up until you reach the pass where the trail gets steep for the first time. Once past the first set of switchbacks, take another left toward Willow Lake; there is not much rest before the second ascent begins up to Willow Pass.
After Willow Pass, you can add an extra half mile down to Willow Lake or just stay left heading north up the the last steep ridge crossing.
Once over the ridge, stay on the East Snowmass Trail
through beautiful meadows and forest until you reach the Snowmass Creek Road. The Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is just up the road so you'll be nearing your destination.
Flora & Fauna
Please be bear aware. Among other mountain mammals, bears frequent the area. If you're spending the night, be sure to bring bear cans, or another bear-proof food storage system.